5 servings (serving size: 1 cup pasta and about 1 1/2 tablespoons cheese)

This homemade pasta dish was created by Chris Hastings, renowned chef at Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama.  The green peas and asparagus add a punch of gorgeous color, while the mushroom broth lends rich flavor to this recipe. 

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare pasta, combine saffron and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan. Cook over low heat 10 minutes; cool. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour and salt in a bowl. Make a well in center of mixture; add 3 tablespoons saffron water, 1 tablespoon oil, and eggs. Stir to form a dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; shape into a ball. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 10 to 15 minutes); add remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands. Dust dough lightly with flour, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 hour.

Step 2

Divide dough in half. Working with 1 portion at a time, pass dough through smooth rollers of pasta machine on the widest setting. Continue moving width gauge to narrower settings; pass dough through rollers once at each setting, dusting with flour, if needed. Repeat procedure with remaining half of dough. Cut dough portions into 8 x 1-inch strips. Hang pasta on a wooden drying rack (no longer than 30 minutes).

Step 3

To prepare mushroom broth, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add porcinis and next 7 ingredients (porcinis through bay leaf); cook 5 minutes. Add broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until reduced to 1 1/4 cups (about 25 minutes). Strain broth through a sieve into a bowl; reserve 3/4 cup broth. Discard solids.

Step 4

Cook pasta in boiling water 2 minutes or until al dente; drain.

Step 5

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot, mushroom caps, and minced garlic; cook 3 minutes. Add reserved 3/4 cup broth; reduce heat to medium, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in asparagus, peas, chives, and 1/2 teaspoon butter. Add cooked pasta; toss to coat. Sprinkle with cheese.

Chef's Notes

Chris' tips: If you don't have time to make pasta, you can use a good commercial fresh pasta--the kind in the refrigerated section of the supermarket. Don't be tempted to use more garlic in this dish; it will overpower the other flavors. Any combination of mushrooms can be used.

Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, Alabama

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Ratings & Reviews

dezlorelle's Review

May 27, 2010
I didn't make homemade pasta, but I used fresh bow tie pasta and it was a very nice dish. I also used low sodium vegetable broth and didn't add any salt, and it was a low sodium dish that still had great flavor.

Jessnc's Review

May 02, 2009
I used Trader Joe's Lemon Pepper Pappardelle, so my recipe rating does not reflect my opinion of the homemade pappardelle. I thought this was a good recipe and I agree that a little more sauce was needed. The noodles absorbed the broth very quickly.

katief321's Review

March 04, 2009
I made the pasta -- it turned out great! I was skeptical because I've made homemade pasta before and the ratios were much different. But I followed the recipe to a T...the pasta turned out light and perfectly textured. Sauce was very light -- I might add a little more broth because it was absorbed quickly. Overall, great dish.